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Flash CS3: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

E. Vander Veer
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Book Description

Flash CS3 is the premier tool for creating web animations and interactive web sites, can be intimidating to learn. This entertaining reference tutorial provides a reader-friendly animation primer and a guided tour of all the program's tools and capabilities. Beginners will learn to use the software in no time, and experienced users will quickly take their skills to the next level. The book gives Flash users of all levels hands-on instructions to help them master:

  • Special effects
  • Morphing
  • Adding audio and video
  • Introducing interactivity
  • And much more
With Flash CS3: The Missing Manual you'll be able to turn an idea into a Flash animation, tutorial, or movie. This book will help you create online tutorials, training materials and full-blown presentations. It also teaches design principles throughout and helps you avoid elements that can distract or annoy an audience.

This is the first new release of Flash since Adobe bought Macromedia, which means that it's the first version that will integrate easily with other Adobe products. It's a whole new ballgame when it comes to Flash, and Flash CS3: The Missing Manual offers you complete and objective coverage. It's the perfect companion to this powerful software.

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About the Author

E.A. Vander Veer started out in the software trenches, lexing and yaccing and writing shell scripts with the best of them. She remained busy and happy for years writing C++ programs and wresting data from recalcitrant databases. After a stint as an Object Technology Evangelist (yes, that's an actual job title), she found a way to unite all of her passions: writing about cool computer stuff in prose any human being can understand. Books followed-over a dozen so far-including Facebook: The Missing Manual, PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual, JavaScript for Dummies, and XML Blueprints. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter. Email: Christopher Grover received degrees in Creative Writing and Film from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He's worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter and product publicist for more than 25 years. His freelance articles have been published in a variety of magazines from Fine Homebuilding to CD-ROM World. Chris's latest project is launching Bolinas Road Creative (, an agency that helps small businesses promote their products and services. He is also the author of Word 2007: The Missing Manual, and co-author of Digital Photography: The Missing Manual.

Product Details

  • File Size: 11843 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 17, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR3IA
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly A Well Thought-Out Guide June 8, 2007
More than most other creative programs, Flash requires learning a vast amount of information in order to use. As a beginning- and intermediate-level instructor of Flash, I am constantly searching for new ways of organizing and presenting this information that are quick, simple, and effective. Flash CS3: The Missing Manual is written for beginners, especially creative beginners, and approaches the learning of Flash differently from other books I have seen by organizing its Parts and Chapters more by overlying concepts, rather than the specific technologies and techniques used in the program. The authors realize -- correctly, I think -- that people learning Flash tend to want to accomplish something with it, and instead of organizing this book around concepts like Motion/Shape Tweening or MovieClips, which mean little or nothing to a beginner, they have given us chapters like "Animating Your Drawings" and "Interacting with Your Audience."

Besides its intelligent organization, Flash CS3: TMM contains all of the features I expect of a good-quality educational book: clear and concise language, screenshots (both Mac and Windows), tips and tricks, workarounds to common problems, and example source files (accessible from a Web site, rather than an enclosed CD-ROM). Perhaps the biggest strength of this book is the discussion of the "intangibles" behind any successful Flash project: planning, storyboarding, research, and critical thinking. The authors periodically take a step back from the hands-on, computer-program-using tutorials to ask us to stop and think about what we are trying to accomplish with our animation (or whatever we are working on). While not directly related to the learning of Flash, these insights are crucial to learning how to create quality Flash projects.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment December 16, 2007
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Generally you can count on "The Missing Manual" to provide what you need to learn a software package quickly. In this case, however, I didn't get anything I needed, and a lot I didn't need.

I already own FlashCS3 Professional Advanced, the Visual Quickpro Guide, and am very happy with it. As a reference book, it's well-organized and thorough, aimed as much at the Interactive Designer as the Animator. But what it lacks are tutorials that can get me up to speed quickly on new features and shifting paradigms, in an application that has changed radically since moving from Macromedia to Adobe.

Having been very happy with the great tutorials in the Dreamweaver CS3 Missing Manual, I went ahead and purchased the Flash volume.

I should have looked more closely before I bought, instead of relying on my experience of The Missing Manual series. There is not a single tutorial in this book! It is far less thorough and sophisticated than the Dreamweaver volume, with most of the pages being devoted to very basic step-by-steps, mostly on drawing and animating tools. Less than 100 pages on adding interactivity, and not even a single chapter devoted to learning and using Action Script. Finally, there are 60-some pages on testing, debugging and publishing, which might be of limited value to me.

If you're looking for a book that will quickly get you up to pro speed on a pro application, I'd say that -- unlike the Dreamweaver CS3 Missing Manual -- this ain't it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great easy to follow book October 7, 2007
Flash CS3: The Missing Manual

I just got this book and in less than 24 hours Im using Flash in a beginners level, its easy to follow and the learning curve is really good. I firmly believe that when Im done with this book ill be doing mere complex stuff for animations and web.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing Manual Missed Actionscript # June 16, 2008
I bought this book because I liked Dreamweaver CS3 the Missing Manual and thought this would be similar in terms of the way the topic was thoughtfully covered.

The first section on learning the application with regards to drawing and animation were fine. Organizing the storyboard, utilizing the various tools etc. were good and I was able to essentially create what I needed.

Now comes the real problem with this book. CS3 incorporates actionscript 3 as well as 1 and 2. Actionscript 1.0 and 2.0 are going to be around for awhile but as the world turns and so do they days of our lives - actionscript 3.0 is going to gain traction since there are things you can't do in the earlier versions and 3 is going to be more compatible with newer apps like Flex. We'll be moving toward version 3 more and more.
Chapter 9 deals with interactivity and scripting. Unfortunately they don't remind you that you should have openned your document as a actionscript 1.0-2.0 document and all of the scripting that's being done after chapter 9 is in 2.0 only.
The very beginning of the book does have you open a new doc as actionscript 2, but they don't mention that they'll be scripting ONLY in that version later on. If you skip around, you'll miss that point entirely and waste a lot of time following directions that won't function.

If you're going to use Flash CS3 and take advantage of all of its features, you'll have to script in 3.0 anyways. At least it makes more sense to head in that direction. This book seems to have had a good start, but almost seemed rushed to complete based on the authors choice to omit the basics of actionscript 3.

A better book is "Flash CS3 Professional Visual Quickstart Guide". All scripting is done in Actionscript 3.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps misleading in ambition, but still....
At first glance, I found this book to be worthless. It seemed like a droning proctor going on about how great flash is. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jayni & Davey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book love Missing Manual books to help me study CS3
I have been looking at books to help me with CS3 and I came across this books by Misssing manual, they are great, inside they have lots of tips and ideals that can help you in your... Read more
Published on June 21, 2009 by Craig C. Long
2.0 out of 5 stars Only half finished
This book provides a concise introduction to Flash's user interface and basic features, but it barely touches on any of the advanced features or programming that are essential to... Read more
Published on April 21, 2009 by Joshua Hugo
4.0 out of 5 stars good referance
i would never have finished my final in digital art without this book. I chose to often thumb through other books (how to cheat in flash) but i often came to this book with... Read more
Published on December 15, 2008 by Eric Peavey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource!
I borrowed Flash CS3 The Missing Manual from the LA Flash club hoping that it would teach me Flash in a new and more effective way than I was used to. Read more
Published on August 25, 2008 by Geoff Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners
This book is geared towards those who have never used Flash. If you are familiar with any other version of Flash, this manual will just tell you what you already know. Read more
Published on April 18, 2008 by J. Allender
3.0 out of 5 stars OK beginners guide - lacks real Actionscript 3.0
The biggest upgrade in CS3 is the incorporation of Actionscript 3. It is beyond me why this book focus so heavily on Actionscript 2. Read more
Published on March 27, 2008 by J. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first book on Flash
Let's face it - no single book is going to tell you everything you might ever need to know about Flash but I'd say this is pretty much a perfect first book for anybody trying to... Read more
Published on November 24, 2007 by Mr Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars the missing artist
there are better products that this one and i am really diassapointed that i spent the money to buy it. the content was written from a point of view like dummies for flash. Read more
Published on November 4, 2007 by Chris Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars A Well Put Together Lesson Manual
Flash is getting more complex with every new version, both for better and worse. The extra capability is amazing, but the learning curve continues to increase. Read more
Published on October 18, 2007 by Jeremy Hall
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